Paul Merson’s Premier League predictions for Man Utd, Chelsea, Arsenal


‘Manchester United are really struggling, not just in the Premier League. They’ve won just two of their last six games in all competitions and it doesn’t look to me as if Ole Gunnar Solskjaer knows what his best team is, which is a massive worry.

‘I’m fed up with predicting Manchester United wins in all honesty, so this time I’m going to go for Leicester City to get all three points.

‘The away team also have a lot of players out, with Harry Maguire and Raphael Varane ruled out due to injuries. Victor Lindelof and Eric Bailly aren’t bad players, but that’s a defensive pairing that hasn’t played together regularly.

‘They are also set to come up against one of the liveliest center forwards in the Premier League in Jamie Vardy, so it could get really tricky for Manchester United.

‘If Solskjaer is still in charge by the end of November, Manchester United have done brilliantly. I say this because their fixture list is atrocious, so a loss to start things off against Leicester City could put major pressure on them.

‘This is a big spell for Manchester United, so we’ll have to see how it pans out. Manchester United’s midfield combination has been a major talking point in recent weeks.

‘I’d pick Scott McTominay as the one just in front of the central defenders, as he is the only one who is disciplined.

‘Ahead of him, Paul Pogba and Bruno Fernandes should play, while the likes of Mason Greenwood, Cristiano Ronaldo and Jadon Sancho should start as a front three.

‘They paid all that money for Sancho, so he needs to be given a chance to show his worth in what could be a tricky period of their Premier League season.’

Leicester City 2-1 Manchester United

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